Japanese Cemetery, Broome

Discover Broome’s interesting history, based on the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry in the 1880s, by joining a guided tour of Japanese Cemetery. The riches taken from the sea did not come easily, and this historic cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese who lost their lives diving for the precious pearls. Many more were lost at sea, and the exact number of deaths is unknown. With its rows of simple headstones, the cemetery is a humble reminder of those intrepid immigrants who lived and died trying to conquer Australia’s seas. Arrange your visit to Japanese Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Broome using our Broome travel route planner.
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  • There are guides who will tell you that the 900+ people buried here were all divers who died trying to get oyster shells for the mother-of-pearl (nacre) and their occasional lucky natural pear. This i...  more »
  • We went there ourselves with no tour. It was good and dot think we needed one. Its impressive. Most of stones are very nice and artistic. I’d recommend a quick visit.  more »
  • The Broome cemetery has a Japanese section that has been rebuilt and fenced following vandalism. Credit has to go to BCC for how well the cemetery has been repaired.  more »
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  • A landmark of Broome's incredible Pearling History and the people that lost their lives pearl diving in hard hat helmets. Also helps to explain Broome's special multicultural community.

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